1. The Simpsons, 2000
In an episode of the popular series, The Simpsons — which aired in 2000 — Bart went to the future to find his sister Lisa had become president. Lisa referenced her predecessor as “President Trump,” which basically means the show predicted the 2016 elections 16 years before they took place. Spooky!
2. The Lone Gunmen, March 2001
The Lone Gunmen was a spin-off of the ever-popular show The X-Files. In the pilot episode, computer hackers managed to take control of a passenger plane so they could fly it into the World Trade Center. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The episode aired in March 2001, just six months before the 9/11 attacks.
3. Contagion, 2011: A Familiar Future
Contagion is a 2011 film that gained recent popularity due to the worldwide pandemic. In the movie, a team of doctors has to race against time to stop the spread of a deadly virus. Get this, though — the virus affects the respiratory system, and the outbreak was first discovered in China. That’s not everything. The virus originated from a bat. That’s a lot of coincidences in a row, don’t you think?
4. Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 1980s and 1990s
Do you remember the PADDs (Personal Access Display Devices) that the Star Trek characters used in the show? They look suspiciously similar to the present-day iPads, don’t they? And to think these weren’t invented until around three decades later!
5. Scrubs, 2007
Remember that 2007 episode of Scrubs when the janitor made a comment about Osama bin Laden and where he might be hiding? In the now popular scene, the janitor said that the United States government should look for Osama in Pakistan. Four years later, in 2011, bin Laden was found hiding in — you guessed it— Pakistan. A bizarre future prediction, wouldn’t you say?
There are moments when shows and movies keep us on the edge of our seats with suspense, and others when they amaze us with their ability to predict world events…